We believe that God gave us music to glorify him, to proclaim his Word, and to minister to, and through his people. Whether your voice of praise is Modern or Sanctuary it doesn’t matter. What is most important is that we sing, or play, authentically with our whole being, “. . . with spirit (heart) and with understanding (mind). I Corinthians 14.14-15″
The 120-voice Sanctuary Chorus (formerly Chancel Choir) sings three Sundays a month from September to June, as well as in festival services and sacred concerts. Chorus members traveled in 1997, 2001, 2004, and 2007 in short-term “music missions” to small communities throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. You can hear the chorus on the CDs Blessings, Fount of Every Blessing, and Songs of the Spirit. Rehearsals are Thursdays 7:25-9:30pm in S-150. To interview about joining the choir, contact Sarah Lackenbauer.
Ensemble is an auditioned smaller group of advanced vocalists from the Sanctuary Chorus who present choral chamber music at 9 and 11am in the Sanctuary. A capella and concerted styles from the 16th century to the present make up the repertoire. The group sings six to eight times throughout the choir season. Rehearsals are on select Thursdays from 6:15-7:15pm in S-150.
This small ensemble takes its upbeat message of God’s love to senior centers, hospitals and other community outreaches, bringing joy through their gentle ministry of song. For more information on bookings, contact Don Prior.
Professional music educators Cynthia Dean, Karen Nelson, Daisy Li Emans, and Scott Dean direct age-appropriate choirs in which members develop their musical skills within a supportive Christian setting. His Kids, JoySong and Good News Group meet simultaneously on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45pm. Bel Canto meets from 5:45-7:15pm.
Grades K-1 with Cynthia Dean: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Sept-May
This beginning choir develops our youngest singers as they explore music fundamentals, their own voices, and social skills in a nurturing environment. Presentations in worship about 5 x a season (usually only one morning service in the sanctuary at either 9am or 11am) provide our youngest singers with their earliest joyful expressions of faith through song.
Grades 2-3 with Karen Nelson, Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Sept-May
Children who experience JoySong deepen their Christian values through music, fellowship, and the performing arts. Presents in one Sunday morning service roughly 6x per season, and two “festival Sundays” in which they sing two or more morning services. Further music literacy and exploration of the young voice allow the singer to grow in ability and confidence in sharing the word of God through the arts.
Good News Group
Grades 4-6 with Daisy Li Emans, Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Sept-May
Singers grades 4-6 continue to develop music literacy and choral skills in an environment fostering self-confidence and teamwork. Presents in two Sunday morning service roughly 8x per season. Times for fellowship as well as singing in worship provide opportunities for faith sharing and daily application of Biblical concepts, while enhancing musical and social experiences.
Advanced auditioned youth choir for grade 7-12 with Scott Dean; Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15pm, Sept-June
This group of treble (unchanged), experienced young musicians presents a variety of challenging Christian choral music. The choir sings regularly in worship services, tours regionally, and periodically takes its message overseas in Music Ministry Abroad. In 2002, Bel Canto visited Austria, Germany, and Switzerland; in 2009, they sang in schools and cathedrals in Costa Rica.
Festival Orchestra and Brass
Professional-level instrumentalists from the congregation volunteer alongside orchestras contracted to accompany the Sanctuary Chorus and Festival Worship in the Sanctuary. Past presentations have included the St. John Passion of J.S. Bach, the Brahms Requiem, John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, and the only existing fully orchestrated recording of Andrew Carter’s cantata Benedicite, available on the recording Blessings. To interview to be included, contact Sarah Lackenbauer.
BelPres Handbells is a multigenerational group (youth and adults together) learning the artistry of ringing handbells to lead in worship and reach out to the community through local events. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 4:30-6pm in S-223. For more information, contact Patsy Jackson.
This group is organized into four areas: Read and Play, Trombone Choir, Jubilee Trombones, and Festival Trombones. They meet on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm in S-150. For more information, contact Jim Arthur.
Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, built the pipe organ of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Casavant is the oldest and largest builder of pipe organs in North America with an international reputation for excellence and integrity in craftsmanship.
In creating Opus 3742, architects, acousticians, and contractors collaborated with Casavant and the church’s Organ and Building Committees to integrate the organ into the design of the Sanctuary. Towers of pipes cascade upward, leading the eye toward the central focus of the Sanctuary – the cross and the resurrection window. The design emphasizes the symbolism of the Trinity found throughout the Sanctuary, with a trio of pipes in each of the large towers, smaller towers grouped in sets of three, the three horizontal elements of the pipe shades, and the slats in the lower part of the façade paneling.
The façade is solid American oak, stained to match the woodwork of the Sanctuary. The 4’ and 8’ pipes are polished tin, and the 16’ pipes are lacquer-finished. The horizontal trumpet pipes that make up the distinctive “Trompette-en-chamade” are polished copper with flared bells. With an overall reverberation time of two seconds, the Sanctuary provides a wonderfully supportive acoustical environment with a beautiful bloom of energetic sound from the nave to the balcony.
The tonal design of Opus 3742 was created to lead and support congregational singing; accompany the many choirs, soloists, and instrumental ensembles of the music ministry; and serve as a beautiful solo instrument capable of performing all types of Baroque, classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and contemporary organ repertoire.
– 3824 pipes (largest 32’ tall!)
– 50 stops (voices)
– 68 ranks (rows of pipes)
– Original installation in 1995
– Final completion summer 2003
We put our hands to God’s work in simple ways: preparing bread and juice, arranging flowers, straightening up pews, welcoming people to worship. We are called, not to great works, but to small works done with great love.
Anyone age 15+ is welcome in any of these teams.
Communion prep teams prepare the elements before Sunday, and communion serving teams distribute the elements in worship on Sundays in which we celebrate the Last Supper.
Sanctuary care team members help to fill friendship pads, distribute materials into pews and chairs, and keep track of the condition of Bibles and hymnals for use in worship.
This committee creates original bouquets for worship each Sunday, which are in turn dedicated by church members for special occasions, remembrances, anniversaries, and gestures of thanksgiving. They also create seasonal decor throughout the church for Advent, Christmas, Passion Week, and Easter.